As you start to investigate the different options for senior care you will find that there are many ways to get the help you need as you age. With so many available options, how do you decide which one is best for you? You have to weigh out a number of factors in order to make an informed decision. The types of care available, your physical needs, the cost of care, and your experience when you go on community tours can all be used to help you weigh the options for senior care.
One of the biggest concerns aging adults have when considering a move into a senior living community is cost. People often ask ‘what can I afford?’ before they think ‘what type of care do I need?’ It is important to think about cost but you must factor your needs into the decision making process. Do not write off the possibility of a senior living community before you really dive into the costs of different types of senior care. The reality is that staying in a senior living community could be the most cost effective option when you factor in things like home maintenance, in-home care, transportation costs, and the value of the amenities offered in assisted living.
The true cost of care for your aging parents is determined by a number of factors. One of the biggest elements that impacts this cost is the type of care you and your parents choose. Each potential option for senior care comes with its own set of costs. You have to decide which ones you are willing and able to pay. Two popular options for care include staying with family and moving into a senior living community.
Scammers and identity thieves particularly like to target seniors. Their loneliness, trustfulness, and willingness to listen make them more vulnerable to fraudsters. The Federal Trade Commission said in a 2017 report that 35 percent of all fraud complaints and nearly 19 percent of identity theft complaints affected those 60 and older. This adds up to about $36.5 billion lost in fraud every year for this population alone.
If your mom is getting to the place where she wants and/or needs to move into a senior living community you are likely experiencing a range of emotions. It is a normal part of the process for the senior adult and close family to take a little time to figure out how to embrace the reality of this type of move.
As your dad ages there will be unwelcomed but expected changes in his physical abilities and overall health. Adult children know to expect these things and try to prepare for the time when Dad needs a little more help. But, one of the biggest threats to the wellbeing and longevity of seniors is often overlooked. That threat is loneliness.
The idea of talking to your parents about senior living communities can be nerve-racking. You may fear that they will be angry at the suggestion and shut down the conversation. Or, perhaps, you are afraid to hurt your parents’ feelings by bringing it up. While it can be difficult to broach this topic with your aging parents, it is also necessary. The good news is that the way you approach this conversation can make a big difference in how your parents receive it. Keep reading for three tips on easing into the conversation about senior living communities with your parents.
Your parents need help with the process of choosing a senior living community because it can feel overwhelming. Be your parents’ advocate as they try to choose a community that will work for them. Guide them through this process by helping assess their needs, providing access to resources, and by working together to narrow down the options.
Family involvement and support can have a big impact on the aging experience of your parents. The research is clear that deep, meaningful relationships can have a positive impact on quality and longevity of life. But, when it comes to emotionally charged topics the line between being involved and meddling can sometimes seem blurred. One of the most emotionally charged topics for aging adults is the decision of whether or not to move into assisted living. It is emotionally charged because change can be scary and so can facing the future. Adult children are often desperate to help their parents with this big decision but struggle to know how involved to become in the process. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this dilemma but there are a few questions that can help you get an idea of how involved you should be.
When one spouse starts to decline mentally or physically it is typically the other spouse who provides care at the beginning. Examples of this include situations where one spouse is in the early stages of dementia or is starting to have difficulty moving around. When the needs are manageable this setup can work. But, real problems can arise when the healthy spouse puts him or herself at risk by caring for the other. For example, your father could potentially hurt himself if he tried to pick up your mother as her mobility decreases. Some families choose to place one parent in senior living while the other continues to live at home. This scenario is often the best choice for both the ailing spouse and the one who is well. But, there are times when both spouses want to remain together despite differing needs. If you find your parents in this situation then you may wonder if it is even possible to keep them together at a senior living community. Fortunately, there are communities that offer this as an option in certain situations. In order to find out if this will work for your parents, you should consider the needs of both your ailing parent and your healthy parent.